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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review of the Nikon micro-Nikkor AF 105mm f/2.8

Last week I was telling you how I happened to have come across a copy of a Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm lens and, realizing I hadn't reviewed it yet, I thought to do it now. I also found another great lens that's even older and which I also haven't reviewed yet. Today we'll take a look at the Nikon micro-Nikkor AF-D 105mm f/2.8

Plenty sharp, like every self-respecting micro-Nikkor

+ stunning optical quality, no flaws to speak of
+ good construction quality, I'd trust it to take some abuse
+ focus limiter and handy MF/AF switch

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review of the Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 18-200mm

I know, this has been around for a while (for quite a while), but I happened to come across a copy and realized I hadn't reviewed that lens yet, so thought to take it for a short test drive. Let me clarify that this is the first-generation 18-200mm lens by Nikon, there's also a newer model (more details and whether you should care about the newer model in the "Final Verdict")

As a walk-around lens it's truly unbeatable

+ for those looking for an all-around solution, this is probably the best value out there right now
+ efficient VR, with a separate normal/active mode switch

+ for an 11x zoom, it's quite light and portable

Saturday, March 4, 2017

All about Sharpening

Dear AmateurNikon readers, I owe you an apology. Long, long, long time ago I had promised you I'd write an article on sharpening - Photoshop procedures, how to do it properly, how much sharpening you need, and all that. Time passed and I forgot all about it! So today I'm coming to correct that error by offering you a complete but easy-to-read guide on how to sharpen your images properly. By that, we mean an image that looks crisp, sharp, with well-defined edges, but at the same time still natural, without any artifacts, halos, and so on.

Sharp enough for you? Today I'll teach you how to properly sharpen your images

 Things we'll cover in this article:
  • Photoshop procedures for sharpening
  • What to sharpen
  • How much to sharpen
  • What is micro-contrast and what's its role in sharpening
  • Different media (screen, print, etc)
  • Viewing distance ("uh-oh, it depends on that too?" Yep, I'm afraid so)

So, without further delay, let's begin!